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In this course David Blatner builds on his Essential Training series, bringing his knowledge of and passion for Adobe InDesign to lessons that show you how to harness its power and functionality. This installment covers a wide range of advanced topics from interface customization to cutting-edge layout and text-formatting techniques. Learn how to set key application and document preferences, format long documents, match swatches, use GREP styles, and much more.
I have my roux_catalog file open from the Exercise folder, and I'm going to jump to the previous spread by pressing Option+Page Up or Alt+Page Up on Windows. That takes me to the cover of this catalog, and I can see that the text in the upper-right corner of this page is almost like a logo. It's text, but it has formatting applied to it that does not appear anywhere else in this document. And if this formatting doesn't show up anywhere else, does this text need to have a paragraph style applied to it? Probably not. Well, I suppose if you're going to repurpose your document for EPUB or you're doing XML with dynamically changing text, I can perhaps see the value of ensuring everything has a style.
But for many, and perhaps most documents, text like this does not need to have a paragraph style applied to it. In fact, using styles for this kind of text can even cause problems down the line. For example, if I switch to the Type Tool by pressing the letter T and then click inside that text, it places the cursor right inside that paragraph. And if I open the Paragraph Styles panel, I can see that this paragraph has the Basic Paragraph style applied to it. If I hover over that style, I can see that there are a lot of overrides, otherwise known as Local Formatting, on top of the Basic Paragraph.
Well, that's fine and it should work out okay, but what happens if down the road I hand this document to somebody else and they decide to change the definition of the Basic Paragraph style? They may not even know that this has been applied to the text anywhere in the document. That certainly doesn't look like normal Basic Paragraph style. So, if they come in here and edit this, I just right-clicked on that or Ctrl+clicked with a one-button mouse, and choose Edit, and then they came in here and, let's say, changed the style from Regular to Bold.
Well, if they do that, then all of a sudden that text goes haywire. Not only does it gets bold, but it becomes overset. It can't fit inside that frame. So, that's a disaster. We don't want that kind of thing happening. Let me undo that with the Command+Z or Ctrl+Z on Windows. So, what do I do? Well, I've got a couple of options. First, I could create a new paragraph style just for this text. But like I said, this formatting doesn't show up any place else in this document, so I really don't need a paragraph style. So the second option is to break the link from the style.
To do that, I'm going to go to the Paragraph Styles Panel menu, and I'm going to choose Break Link to Style. Now, there is no connection between that paragraph and any paragraph style. In fact, if you look in the upper-left corner of the Paragraph Styles Panel, it says that no style is applied to this paragraph. That's just the way I want it. In fact, I'm also going to do the same thing to this ampersand character. That's actually in a separate text frame. I'll click next to it, and then go to the Panel Menu, and choose Break Link to Style.
Now, I want to be clear here. I think that No Style should be the rare exception, not the rule. In most cases, it's best to use Paragraph Styles, but the occasional use of the Break Link to Style feature can actually save you from problems that could otherwise later pop up.
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